Pre-Guam International Marathon in Japan


Pre-Guam International Marathon trial run held in Japan

Sunrise run event at the Imperial Palace

PRESS RELEASE – (Tuesday, February 3, 2015) Tumon, Guam – A trial run event ahead of the Guam International Marathon in April, took place on Wednesday, January 28th in the cold of the early morning at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  At the trial run event participants ran whilst picturing the Guam International Marathon’s characteristic morning sun from its first glow through to full sunrise.  The time was 6:30am, the temperature was 3° C, and a few sprinkles of snow even fell.

Participants warmed up together with Guam International Marathon’s race advisor Dr. Fred Schumann. At around 6:40am as the sun began to rise, the run started and participants enjoyed a sunrise run around the Imperial Palace together with the event organizers and trainers. Although the run took place in the cold of morning, participants enjoyed the refreshing morning air and finished off the run with smiles on their faces.

After the run, the head organizer Ben Ferguson gave information on the marathon, emphasizing the charm and beauty of Guam.  Dr. Schumann provided training tips for marathon participants.

Naoko Takahashi, the Guam International Marathon ambassador, gave a message to participants saying, “The sunrise run in Guam’s comfortable morning breeze makes the marathon so enjoyable.”

The Guam International Marathon, which includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race, starts early in the morning at 3:00am.

Running in Guam’s refreshing breeze from the early morning hours and taking in the island sunrise is what makes this event so enjoyable.With Japan weather still cold, picturing Guam’s exhilarating morning scene is perhaps a little difficult, but these participants enjoyed their run and are looking forward to the April event.

This Guam International Marathon event includes 5K, 10K, Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and Marathon (26.2 miles) race distances. All courses have been officially certified by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). This designation means that marathon runners may use this as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Complete event details and registration can be found on the official event website